MIRAOS RELEASE 2.3: Concurrent MiraMesh and Bluetooth operation – a killer feature within wireless connectivity

With LumenRadio’s new release of MiraOS – their operating system known for reliable wireless connectivity, they have solved a problem that has been a well-known challenge for years. MiraOS can now run concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh seamlessly during operation, something that opens up for totally new possibilities, flexibility and cost savings for wireless products.

Bluetooth is today the number one technology for short range point-to-point connectivity for smart devices, but it is not suitable for creating a reliable building-wide network. It simply lacks the scalability and range needed to offer complete coverage of today’s commercial and industrial buildings.

The common solution to the problem has been to simply add two wireless chips into the product (a Bluetooth-chip for user interaction and another chip for the building-wide network) – adding cost, hardware size and complexity and increasing the power consumption of the device.

In the connectivity industry, it has been a well-known fact that running multiple protocols with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip by time-sharing the radio, poses a huge challenge. LumenRadio’s Research and Development team has through dedicated and hard work now cracked the nut and solved the problem. Through the latest release of MiraOS it is now possible to, on the same chip, concurrently combine Bluetooth with the ultra-reliable, low energy, IPv6 capable, meshing network of MiraOS.

Enabling smart device interactions

What this means is that interactions between a wireless product and a smart device is now possible at the same time as the wireless mesh network is being fully operational. Concurrent Bluetooth operation opens up many desired possibilities such as intuitive and hassle-free commissioning and maintenance, locally extracting larger data sets, or possibilities for end user interactions through a smartphone or tablet.

User interactions on the edge within a smart building solution is becoming increasingly important, as we see a trend where workplaces, buildings and production flows are no longer static – rather dynamic, with a need to allow more frequent and easy user interaction with all kinds of equipment. Local control loops can enable individual preferences, something that tomorrow’s activity-based workplaces will require.

“Enabling concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh connectivity will give our customers the best of two worlds. This feature can unleash their creativity for smooth, intuitive user experiences while not compromising on reliability and performance. Life at the edge will never be the same again.” Niclas Norlén, CTO, LumenRadio

“Combining Bluetooth and ultra-low energy 6lowpan mesh operation concurrently in the MiraMesh stack has been a complex challenge to solve. Knowing how hard it is to run multiple protocol with stringent timing requirements, concurrently on the same chip makes me even prouder of my team. The knowledge, effort and hard work they have showed in this project is impressive.”
Michael Karlsson, R&D manager, LumenRadio

At LumenRadio we see an ever-increasing demand for concurrent Bluetooth operation and by adding this to our MiraOS we offer the most reliable, low energy consumption and Future-Proof wireless technology on the market.

 

For more information, please contact:

LumenRadio

Niclas Norlén

CTO

niclas.norlén@lumenradio.com

+46 (0)766 278 728

 

About MiraOS

LumenRadio’s operating system MiraOS enables large scale and easy-to-install wireless meshing networks and is developed with a focus on reliability and ultra-low power communication. With patented FPCC (Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity) technologies for mesh, coexistence, ultra-low energy, over the air FW-updates, commissioning, large scale networks etc MiraOS is today the most resilient and low energy consumption on the market.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-Low energy meshing mode
  • Easy commissioning using NFC or Bluetooth for very low installation cost
  • Large scale communication with thousands of nodes in a network
  • Scalable & flexible setup (from small to large-sized installations)
  • Best in class firmware update over the air
  • Open application layer for customer application development

 

About LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low-power and ultra-reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT-applications based on their patented FPCC (Future-Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail. www.lumenradio.com

 

 

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As cool as “Beam me up, Scotty”

Bluetooth is today the number one technology to connect your peripherals. It can be found in any smart device out there, but when it comes to smart buildings… the Bluetooth point-to-point technology is not suitable for creating a reliable building-wide network. But what if you could use Bluetooth together with your reliable building automation technology? Wouldn’t that be as cool as “Beam me up, Scotty”?!

The classic scene from Star Trek was breathtaking for kids in the seventies. The coolest technology you could ever imagine. Maybe we are not there yet, but technology is developing at a rapid pace and cool things are happening everywhere – and definitively at LumenRadio!

Bluetooth is a well-recognized standard and has been around for years, allowing you to connect your smartphone to everything from your car entertainment system to your headset. It is the number one technology to get a point-to-point connection but has its shortcomings. To have a reliable meshing network in a building with thousands and thousands of nodes, you need a more reliable, energy-efficient meshing technology.

At LumenRadio we offer ultra-reliable wireless connectivity, verified and proven by some of the most well-known companies within HVAC, Smart Lighting, Physical Security & Access Control and Industrial Sensor Networks. Our MiraMesh communication stack together with MiraOS is the most energy-efficient and reliable connectivity technology available according to our customers. But, our technology has not yet found its way into the smartphones we all carry in our pockets.

A smartphone is the perfect device for commissioning, maintenance and user interaction for your wirelessly connected products. Imagine always having your control device in your pocket, no need for extra equipment in the form of a dongle, a custom tablet, etc. Imagine combining the world of an ultra-reliable, low energy and building-wide wireless mesh technology with the simplicity and flexibility of a smartphone app. Easy some say: “Just add two radio chips!”, but that is hardly a cost-efficient, viable solution. Imagine combining the technologies on the same chip – can the best of both worlds be combined for parallel operation?

Would concurrent Bluetooth and MiraMesh operation be possible? Well as we say at LumenRadio, challenge accepted!

 

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Produal’s new wireless Proxima mesh solution for building automation, harnesses LumenRadio and u-blox technology

LumenRadio, providers of ultra-reliable wireless mesh solutions and u‑blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning radio modules, have combined their technologies to enable a new building automation solution. Developed by Produal, based in Finland, the new wireless Proxima room solution leverages wireless mesh technology to increase flexibility and ease of installation. Produal Proxima® combines u‑blox NINA‑B1 Bluetooth low energy module and LumenRadio’s embedded operating system, MiraOS™.

With the release of wireless Produal Proxima® solution, Produal has taken the next step of building automation measurement and control and taking the lead into the wireless future.

Produal Proxima® builds on wireless mesh sensors that communicate using LumenRadio’s MiraOS™ – a solution capable of robustly connecting hundreds of wireless nodes – sensors, actuators, gateways. The self-healing network is designed to continue to perform when individual nodes fail, and can easily be adapted when building layouts change. Multi-hop technology ensures that signals are transmitted across the entire network, guaranteeing coverage regardless of a building’s architecture.

LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology ensures that communication is carried out on the least crowded and most optimal frequencies at any given time, increasing the reliability of the solution. And FOTA (firmware-over-the-air) updates via the u‑blox NINA-B1 module ensure that all nodes in the network always run the latest firmware, future-proofing and securing the entire solution.

The fact that LumenRadio’s flexible MiraOS™can be adapted to any radio hardware on any frequency band gave Produal the flexibility to choose hardware optimized to their application. Produal opted to use the u‑blox NINA module for wireless communication, convinced by its high performance, cost-efficiency, and small footprint. It is a stand-alone Bluetooth low energy module with a powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 microcontroller unit. Thanks to the module’s state-of-the-art power performance, the wireless nodes have a battery life of over eight years, limiting maintenance to a minimum.

”Building automation is a no-nonsense business – things have to work. And that’s where our ultra-reliable mesh comes into play, efficiently connecting devices in the hundreds and thousands throughout buildings. We give Produal the performance they need today, while future-proofing their offer for whatever tomorrow will bring,” says Peter Lindkvist, Sales Director at LumenRadio.

“Wireless functionality is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing trends everywhere. With the new wireless Proxima platform, Produal creates reliability for wireless building automation thanks to this future-proof and secure solution. Dedicated wireless applications can be built, commissioned and updated easily,” states Francesco Fausti, Director, product management and export sales.

Produal’s offering is a perfect example of how our NINA module family enables size and power-optimized and highly reliable wireless-mesh based solutions with hassle-free firmware-over-the-air updates,” concludes Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Short Range Radio Product Center at u-blox.

 

Showcased at ISH

The wireless Produal Proxima® solution is showcased at ISH – the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water in Frankfurt, March 11-15 both by LumenRadio and Produal.

LumenRadio: Hall 10.3, B53

Produal: Hall 10.3, B69

Interested in learning more about wireless Produal Proxima and reading the Case study? Click here.

About LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low-power and ultra-reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT-applications based on their patented FPCC (Future-Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail. www.lumenradio.com

About Produal

Produal is your reliable partner for high-quality building automation measurement and control. Our 100 experts work locally and passionately with you to help provide excellent BA projects and services, and to design and manufacture proven BA solutions efficiently. Our 30 years of expertise can be seen in tens of thousands of buildings around the world. www.produal.com

About u-blox

u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. www.u-blox.com

For more information, please contact:

LumenRadio

Peter Lindkvist

Sales Director

peter.lindkvist@lumenradio.com

+46 738 39 32 22

 

Produal

Antti Salli

Product manager, transmitters and wireless products

antti.salli@produal.com

+358 10 219 9155

 

u‑blox:

Natacha Seitz

PR Manager

natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

+41 76 436 0788

 

 

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